CASTLETON, Vt. – Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball fell to Husson University 76-58 in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship game on Saturday afternoon hosted by Castleton University.
The Mariners conclude their season at 20-8 overall, while Husson improves to 19-9 on the season and receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Eagles got on the board first but Melinda Ogden (Searsport, Maine) drained a three to give the Mariners 3-2 lead. The two teams exchanged the lead back-and-forth until the Eagles went on a six-point run to take a 10-6 advantage at 6:15. Ogden hit another three to cut the deficit to one, but the Eagles maintained a narrow lead and entered the second quarter with a 16-14 advantage.
Caitlin Kane (Wilton, Maine) hit a jumper then connected with Megan McLean (Eliot, Maine) on a three to tie the game at 21-21 at 3:31. Husson took a six-point lead with 1:23 remaining, but a three from Eryn Doiron (Wilton, Maine) cut the Eagles' lead to three entering halftime.
The Mariners tied the game at 29-29 to open up the third quarter, and took a 34-33 lead following a tradition three-point play from Felix at 7:05. The two teams exchanged the lead back-and-forth until the Eagles went on a 11-3 run to close out the third and took a 49-45 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Eagles went on a seven-point run late in the fourth and outscored the Mariners 27-13 in the fourth quarter, including going 6-for-6 from the line in the final minute, to secure the victory.
Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.) led the Mariners with 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Doiron ended the afternoon with 11 points, two rebounds and an assist and Ogden added nine points, three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal.
Sami Ireland led the Eagles with 21 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three blocks, Kenzie Worcester added 15 points, six rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block, and Joan Overman contributed 11 points, three assists, two steals and an assist. Anna MacKenzie and Logan Huckins added 10 points each.
The Eagles shot 48.9 percent from the floor, while the Mariners shot 30.3 percent. The two teams were deadlocked with 37 rebounds each.